Michael Hurley (footballer)

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Michael Hurley
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Personal information
Full name Michael Hurley
Date of birth (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 24)
Original team Northern Knights (TAC Cup)
Draft #5, 2008 National Draft
Height/Weight 195 cm / 97 kg
Position(s) Defender / Forward
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 18
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Essendon 100 (103)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Michael Hurley (born 1 June 1990) is a professional Australian rules footballer, currently playing with the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Early life[edit]

A good junior cricketer and footballer, Hurley entered top-level football early, joining the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup.[1] He was also selected in the All-Australian TAC Cup Team of the Year in both 2007 and 2008.

He was Essendon's first pick, and fifth overall, in the 2008 AFL Draft.[1][2][3]

AFL career[edit]

A key position utility, 1.95 metres (6 ft 4 in) tall and weighing 97 kilograms (210 lb), Hurley predominately plays in the backline and forward in his AFL career to date.[1]

Hurley made his AFL debut in 2009, winning the AFL Rising Star nomination,[4] but played only nine regular season games because of a quad strain and broken wrist.[5]

After a match-winning performance against Hawthorn, in which he scored four goals. Leigh Matthews said, "Very few young talls have the physical maturity to match it with their older and stronger opponents, which is why the brilliant early form of young Bomber Michael Hurley is quite amazing."[6]

On the 22nd March 2012, Michael Hurley re-committed to the Essendon Football Club until 2017 after agreeing to a new 5-year deal.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On 25 September 2009, Hurley was arrested after a drunken altercation with a taxi driver, after the driver demanded payment for the fare when Hurley asked him to stop at a fast food drivethrough. Hurley was later charged with multiple counts of assault; it is alleged that he punched the driver and kicked him in the groin.[8][9]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season[10][11]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009 Essendon 22 9 10 5 83 61 144 62 15 1.0 0.5 8.3 6.1 14.4 6.2 1.5
2010 Essendon 18 19 12 7 176 132 308 98 17 0.6 0.4 9.3 7.0 16.2 5.2 0.9
2011 Essendon 18 18 27 22 161 99 260 94 24 1.5 1.2 8.9 5.5 14.4 5.2 1.3
2012 Essendon 18 16 26 21 132 87 219 84 13 1.6 1.3 8.2 5.4 13.7 5.2 0.8
2013 Essendon 18 16 24 16 129 74 203 81 7 1.5 1.0 8.1 4.6 12.7 5.1 0.4
2014 Essendon 18 21 4 1 258 152 410 128 26 0.2 0.0 12.3 7.2 19.5 6.1 1.2
Career 100 103 72 939 605 1544 547 102 1.0 0.7 9.4 6.0 15.4 5.5 1.0
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Anderson, Jon (2 April 2009). "Michael Hurley's neighbourhood". Melbourne Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hurley becomes a Bomber". Essendon Football Club. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "VIC dominate draft". AFL Victoria website. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hurley wins rising star nomination". The Age (Melbourne, Victoria). 18 August 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hurley sidelined with broken wrist". Essendon Football Club. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Hurley is the find of the season". Australian Football League. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Hurley signs new five year deal". 22 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Essendon player believed to be Michael Hurley arrested after altercation with taxi driver on Hoddle st". Herald Sun. Australia. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Essendon Bomber Michael Hurley on Assault Charge". Herald Sun. Australia. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Michael Hurley statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Michael Hurley of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 25 September 2012. 

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